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Amistad
- Morgan Freeman

Overview - Based on actual events in 1838, AMISTAD is the story of captured African slaves who took over their transport ship in a bloody revolt with the hopes of returning back to their homeland. After the slaves are caught and imprisoned, their leader, Cinque (Djimon Hounsou), unable to understand the language or court system of America, tries to communicate his desire to return home to his defense lawyer, Roger Baldwin (Matthew McConaughey), and former slave Theodore Joadson (Morgan Freeman).  Read more...

 
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Overview

Based on actual events in 1838, AMISTAD is the story of captured African slaves who took over their transport ship in a bloody revolt with the hopes of returning back to their homeland. After the slaves are caught and imprisoned, their leader, Cinque (Djimon Hounsou), unable to understand the language or court system of America, tries to communicate his desire to return home to his defense lawyer, Roger Baldwin (Matthew McConaughey), and former slave Theodore Joadson (Morgan Freeman). The men plead for help with their groundbreaking court case from former president John Quincy Adams (Anthony Hopkins). Steven Spielberg directed this moving film, using as a reference the book by William A. Owens, BLACK MUTINY: THE REVOLT ON THE SCHOONER AMISTAD. The Africans in the movie speak Mende, with subtitles added. West African actor Djimon Hounsou had to learn to speak the language for his role--and was nominated for a Golden Globe. Spielberg shot the film at the State House in Providence, Rhode Island, the seaport in Mystic, Connecticut, and other New England locations.

Cast List

Djimon Hounsou - Actor, AMISTAD, THE ISLAND, BLOOD DIAMOND, CONSTANTINE
Tomas Milian - Cuban Actor/In Italy
Chike Okpala
Chjwetel Ejiofor
Jeremy Northam - Actor/"The Net"
Abu Sidique
Sherly Accosta Williams
Pete Postlethwaite
Xander Berkeley - Actor
Willie Onafesso
John Williams - American film composer, STAR WARS (1977)
John Towner Williams - American film composer, STAR WARS (1977)
Johnny Williams - American film composer, STAR WARS (1977)
Steven Spielberg - Oscar-winning director/producer/screenwriter
Steven Allan Spielberg - Oscar-winning director/producer/screenwriter
Geno Silva - TV Actor/"Wild Times"
Adekunle Ilori
Lamine Thiam
David H. Franzoni - Screenwriter/Producer, GLADIATOR (2000)
Nigel Hawthorne - British Actor, THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE (1995)
Abu Bakaar Fofanah
Samson Odede
Ruth Carter - Screenwriter
Anthony Hopkins - Welsh Actor
Sir Anthony Hopkines - Welsh Actor
Sir Anthony Hopkins - Welsh Actor
Darren E. Burrows - Actor, NORTHERN EXPOSURE
Darren Burrows - Actor, NORTHERN EXPOSURE
Samuel Pieh
Victor Rivers - Actor/"Blood In Blood Out
Colin Wilson - Producer, big budget films, '90s-, LOST WORLD 1 & 2
Janusz Kaminski
Debbie Allen - Dancer/Choreographer
Anna Paquin - Oscar winning Actress, THE PIANO
Arliss Howard - American Actor
Monguehy Fanzy
Roy Cooper
Matthew McConaughey - American actor, SAHARA, FOOL'S GOLD
Willie Amakye
El Hadj Malik Sow
Rick Carter - Production Designer, THE POLAR EXPRESS (2004)
Allan Rich - Actor/"Another Chance"
Luc Assogba
Daniel Von Bargen - Supporting Actor
Dan Von Bargen - Supporting Actor
Joseph Kosseh
Stellan Skarsgaard - Actor
Stellan Skarsgard - Actor
Jimmy Fotso
Rusty Schwimmer - Actress/"Little Princess"
David Paymer - American Supporting Actor
Peter Firth - British Actor
Stephen Conteh
Frank T. Wells
Ralph Brown - British Supporting Actor
Lansana Sawi
Michael Kahn - American Editor/ MAN CALLED HORSE-CLOSE ENCOUNTERS-A.I.
Morgan Freeman - American Actor
Razaaq Adoti - Actor
Raz Adoti - Actor
Sylvestre Massaquoi
Austin Pendleton - Star, BAD CITY (2006)
John Ortiz
Saye Lah
Michael Massee - Actor/My Father Is Coming
Walter F. Parkes - American Producer
Walter Parkes - American Producer
Industrial Light and Magic
I.L.M.
ILM
Paul Guilfoyle - American Character Actor
Mariah Campbell
Pedro Armendariz Jr. - Mexican Actor, LA LEY DE HERODES
Pedro Armendariz - Mexican Actor, LA LEY DE HERODES
Pedro Armendariz Marquez - Mexican Actor, LA LEY DE HERODES
Pedro Armendariz Bohr - Mexican Actor, LA LEY DE HERODES
Steve Passewe
Derrick N. Ashong
Sheriff Kargbo
Jake Weber - Actor, DAWN OF THE DEAD (2004)
Laurie MacDonald

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 155
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 667068416220
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: R (MPAA) (For some scenes of strong brutal violence and some related nudity)
  • Release Date: January 2007

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Law/Lawyers
Prison/Prisoners
Race Relations
Slavery
True Story
Injustice
Recommended
Period Piece
Theatrical Release
Courtroom
Crime

 
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Synopsis:
Steven Spielberg directed this powerful film depicting the real-life events that followed the 1839 insurrection aboard the slave ship Amistad. Desperate prisoner Cinque (Djimon Hounsou) leads his fellow prisoners in a bloody revolt on the ship and demands to be returned to Africa. When the slaves are recaptured and imprisoned in New England, lawyer Roger Baldwin (Matthew McConaughey) is hired to represent the Africans and their desire to return home. With the help of John Quincy Adams (Anthony Hopkins), Cinque and Baldwin try their historical case in front of the Supreme Court.

Notes:
Theatrical release: December 4, 1997. The film was shot on location in Newport and Providence, Rhode Island; Boston, Massachusetts; Mystic, Connecticut; and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Reviews:
"...Sheer power, moral and otherwise. It possesses a massively majestic hero..." -- 3 out of 4 stars - 12/10/1997 USA Today, p.1D


"...It has excellent cinematography....Djimon Hounsou gives the film a strong visual focus as he radiates extraordinary presence and fury..." - 12/10/1997 New York Times, p.E1


"...A monumentally impressive achievement and further proof of Spielberg's ongoing maturation as an artist..." - 02/01/1998 Box Office, p.56

 
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